3 June 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Crying on cue isn't hard for a soap opera star. But for Alison Sweeney, who celebrated her last day on set of Days of Our Lives last week, not crying was the issue. After nearly 22 years playing fan favorite Sami Brady, Sweeney officially retired from the show last week, but not before one last scene. "All of a sudden I'm walking out on stage and there's this huge crowd of people," Sweeney, 37, tells People of the surprise send-off members of the cast and crew put together for her. "I realized they were gathering for me. It was so amazing and so touching and special. »

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